Karnataka: Beggar woman donates Rs.2.5 Lakhs to temple

Mysuru: A feeble looking woman in her late eighties has reportedly donated Rs.2.5 lakh to a temple in Mysuru.

The woman identified as MV Sitalakshmi, 85, prior to begging, worked as a domestic helper. Since she could no longer be a domestic help she chose to seek help sitting at the entrance of Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Vontikoppal. She donated her alms collected through begging t the temple authorities to improve the Temple amenities along with providing Prasad to the devotes during Hanuman Jayanti.

The old lady doesn’t like to be someone else’s burden though she lives with her brother and sister-in-law in Yadavagri.

She has reportedly donated Rs 30,000 during the Ganesha festival taking the Temple’s chairman to the bank to donate her share.

Speaking to a new source, Sitalakshmi told: “I’d deposit whatever devotees gave me in the bank. For me, god is everything. Hence, I decided to donate money to the temple which takes care of me so well. Once a week, Rajeshwari, who works in the temple helps me take a bath. If I keep money, people will steal it and that’s why I decided to donate my savings to the temple. My only wish is that the temple authorities provide prasadam to devotees during every Hanuma Jayanthi.”

M Basavaraj, chairman of the temple trust, said: “She is different and never demands devotees give her money; she just accepts what they give. She is generous when comes to contributing to the temple. She was felicitated by MLA Vasu during our temple function. After seeing her contributions to temple which we displayed in our temple, people have started to give her more. Some of them even give her Rs 100. Many devotees seek her blessing. We’ll judiciously use her money and take care of her as well”.

R Mariyappa, a retired KSRTC employee, said: “When I heard about her generosity, I was amazed. Hats off to her.” Sitalakshmi’s brother Kugeshan said, “We’re providing her the best possible care. A few years ago, she met with an accident and we provided her the best possible medical treatment. She doesn’t want to stay at home; she goes to the temple in the morning and comes home late evening.”

Her neighbours Rama and Uma speaking to the source said: “It’s wonderful. Every day, she comes home and spends a few minutes with us before going